Deserve’s a strong word isn’t it? Sounds icky and entitled to think that you * deserve* inspiring and fulfilling work.
I don't agree. It's not entitled and it’s definitely achievable.
So often women (mostly mothers) tell me that they’re frustrated with their jobs, bored even. They’re work’s not working for them but they don’t want to rock the boat. They have flexibility (ish), their boss is more or less accommodating and generally their job works for their family for the time being.
Lack of fulfilment is simply the price they pay for time with their children.
But it’s not working for them. They’re frustrated and stuck.
It definitely doesn’t have to be this way.
I know because I found myself in a similar situation 5 years or so ago. I was a single parent, working hard in a corporate job but I wasn’t happy. I wasn't feeling inspired by my work, it was a poor fit with my strengths and character, my light was slowly going out and my confidence was dwindling with it.
I knew I had to do something about it for the sake of my wellbeing, but also for my son. I didn’t want him to have a mum that was going through the motions and biding her time until she could do what she really wanted. I wanted him to see me at my best doing work I love now when it would make a difference to him, not in the future when he was all grown up.
So I worked out what I would love doing and I made the leap. I founded my company to support women to make sense of their careers after children and find work they love and here we are.
You can do that too. Whether you are want to change direction, make it to the next level in your organisation, or return to work with confidence after an extended break, you can find work that is fulfilling and inspiring and in so doing you’ll be shaping your children’s understanding of what it means to work and their aspirations for themselves.
If you’re trading flexibility for fulfilment, then know that both are possible. And we need more people to feel inspired by what they do.
Because inspired, motivated people do their best work and that leads to progress, innovation, creation and so much more.
If you want to consider your career options, a good place to start is working out what you really want from your career. I'm hosting two workshops in May to support you to do that. You can find out more and purchase tickets here.